Violent night with 10 shootings that included sleeping woman
Philadelphia Police responded to at least 10 shootings yesterday evening into today, marking a wild night throughout the city.
The spasm of violence began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and ended with three dead and others wounded by early this morning - over a period of little more than eight hours.
Perhaps the most bizarre incident was actually part of a wild crime spree in Frankford early this morning that ended with a 61-year-old woman being shot in the head with a stray bullet while sleeping in her bed.
That was spillover from another crime, as an alleged robber was breaking into neighboring house in an attempt to elude police, cops said.
The burglary took place about 2 a.m. today on the 5300 block of Charles Street near Bridge Street. The bullet instead tore through the siding of a house and struck the sleeping woman in a second-floor bedroom, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
When cops responded, they discovered that the bullet -- which had been fired at a 28-year-old woman when she was held up by two men -- had somehow torn through siding beneath a window, drywall, a dresser in the older woman's room and her mattress before striking her, Small said.
Investigators said the bed was covered in the woman's blood, but that it appeared the bullet had slowed down enough by the time it hit her that it didn't hurt her as badly as it could have.
She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital in stable condition and was having her head X-rayed for skull fractures around 4 a.m., Small said.
The woman was in bed alone at the time, according to cops. A caretaker who was also in the house was not injured.
The men police say were responsible for the shooting had pistol-whipped their 28-year-old robbery victim just prior to firing the gun at her after she refused to give up her belongings, police said. Before that robbery, according to investigators, the thugs had gone on a "crime spree" in the area, robbing at least four people and possibly carjacking a fifth.
Immediately after the shooting, police found the two suspects a few blocks away on Hawthorne Street near Harrison, Small said. Cops chased them and caught one man, who Small said had a gun, money, cell phones and a purse all believed to have been stolen during the robberies in his possession.
The second alleged robber ran to a house on the next block of Hawthorne Street and broke in trying to elude police, Small said. He had no connection to the people who lived in the house, and cops arrested him there. Police said he'll face charges of burglary for the break-in in addition to the charges for the robbery and shooting.
In other incidents:
In the first of the string shootings that began yesterday, two teens were shot, one critically, near 15th Street and Duncannon about 5:30 p.m.
Police said the teens, ages 16 and 19, were at 15th and Duncannon around 5:30 p.m. when shots rang out. The 16-year-old boy was wounded in the right leg, and the 19-year-old was shot in the back and both arms.
Both were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center by medics, where the 19-year-old is in critical condition and the 16-year-old is stable.
Police were still investigating the shooting, and no arrests have been reported.
At about 9:15 p.m., two men were found shot, one fatally, inside a car in West Philadelphia late Thursday night, and cops were working to determine what led to the shooting.
Cops were called to the scene, at 54th and Ludlow streets, and found two men in their 20s suffering gunshot wounds inside a black Cadillac, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
A 21-year-old man, identified as Raviya Roeuth, 21, of Philadelphia, was pronounced dead in the driver's seat of a gunshot wound to the neck.
The second man, 27, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and remains in critical condition. Police said he was shot at least five times in the neck, hip and wrist.
The shooter was described as a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans who was last seen running west on Ludlow. Police said they found spent shell casings inside the car, leading them to believe the shooter was inside the vehicle with his victims when he shot them.